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Bournemouth v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgBournemouth’s win was another low point in Chelsea’s seasonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 23 April 2016Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)Match in a nutshell: With just one win in their last seven games in all competitions, Chelsea aim to avenge December’s home defeat by Bournemouth.BetVictor.com preview: Expect Blues to get back to winning waysInjuries and suspensionsAFC BOURNEMOUTHRuled out: Adam Smith (groin), Harry Arter (Achilles), Tyrone Mings (knee).Fitness tests: Benik Afobe (hamstring).CHELSEARuled out: John Terry (Achilles), Kurt Zouma (knee), Loic Remy (groin), Thibaut Courtois (suspended). Possible line-upsAFC Bournemouth: Boruc; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, Surman, Gosling, Gradel; Stanislas; King.Subs from: Federici, Wiggins, Distin, MacDonald, O’Kane, Pugh, Iturbe, Murray, Afobe, Grabban, Wilson, Rantie.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro; Costa. Subs from: Amelia, Blackman, Aina, Miazga, Matic, Colkett, Oscar, Kenedy, Hazard, Falcao, Pato, Traore. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesAFC Bournemouth total: L W L L W (6 points)Home: L L W W L (6 points)Chelsea total: L L W D D (5 points)Away: L W W W D (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsAFC Bournemouth: King 7; Stanislas 5, Wilson 5; Afobe 4, Cook 4, Gosling 4, Murray 4, Pugh 4; Daniels 3, Ritchie 3; Smith 2; Arter 1, Gradel 1, Kermorgant 1, MacDonald 1, Tomlin 1.Chelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 7; Fabregas 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Pato 1, Terry 1.Last five meetings5 December 2015: Chelsea 0 AFC Bournemouth 14 October 1994: AFC Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 121 September 1994: Chelsea 1 AFC Bournemouth 028 November 1989: AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 325 March 1989: Chelsea 2 AFC Bournemouth 0Chelsea 1 win, Man City 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Can’t Scientists Achieve Nature’s Designs?

first_imgBiomimetics has been big for years now, but scientists are still a long way from catching up to biology’s engineering.ROBOTICSStanford researchers study birds to improve how robots land (Stanford University). Have you ever owned a parakeet? You watch it flitter about in its cage, jumping from perch to perch, even clinging to the wires of the cage. Engineers at one of the most prestigious universities in America can’t build something that can do that. They can only watch the living bird in wonder, and take slow-motion movies, trying to figure it out. They’d like to do it, because they could make better robots.“Modern aerial robots usually need either a runway or a flat surface for easy takeoff and landing. For a bird, almost everywhere is a potential landing spot, even in cities,” said Chin, who is part of the lab of David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “We really wanted to understand how they accomplish that and the dynamics and forces that are involved.”Even the most advanced robots come nowhere near the grasping ability of animals when dealing with objects of varying shapes, sizes and textures. So, the researchers gathered data about how Gary [a parakeet] and two other birds land on different kinds of surfaces, including a variety of natural perches and artificial perches covered in foam, sandpaper and Teflon.“This is not unlike asking an Olympic gymnast to land on Teflon-covered high bars without chalking their hands,” said Lentink, who is senior author of the paper. Yet, the parrotlets made what seems almost impossible for a human look effortless.ENERGYNature offers potential for endless renewable fuel supplies (Australian National University). Civilization’s energy problems and climate fears could be solved if we could just do what plants do: split water. Science has been studying photosynthesis for decades. Why is it so hard?Lead researcher Dr Nick Cox said if humans could split water using cheap materials like nature did, society would have an endless supply of cheap hydrogen fuel for transportation, without carbon emissions that contribute to human-caused climate change.“Enough sunlight hits the Earth in a single hour to power all human activity for over a year,” said Dr Cox from the ANU Research School of Chemistry.“Plants use this harvested energy to split water and make complex carbohydrates which provide food for the plant to grow and thrive. This process also enriches our atmosphere with oxygen for animals, including humans, to breathe.“Copying this process from nature would lead to new and improved renewable energy storage technologies.”We want it, so let’s do it. Why the delay? Even photosynthetic bacteria have solved this physics problem. What’s the matter? Why can’t the geniuses in the world’s university do what a microbe or a leaf does?It’s not for lack of trying, but progress is slow. The press release boasts that ANU scientists at the Energy Change Institute have “cracked a key step” in the process. They found an enzyme that “stretches like a concertina” at a key step. This change “enables the orderly uptake of water to begin the splitting process,” they say. Well, that’s nice to know. But it only reveals that scientists have not even started getting into position to begin to commence building a working photosynthesis machine to harvest the plenteous sunlight striking our planet.COMPOSITESNew bio-inspired technology is poised to disrupt the composites industry (UC Riverside). Composites are materials made out of multiple ingredients designed for certain purposes. Materials science has a long history going back to ancient civilizations. For thousands of years, though, no human engineer has matched biological materials for both hardness, resistance to cracking and light weight. Bones, teeth and mother-of-pearl are examples. The mantis shrimp, with its glass-shattering club, adds a special touch: Scientists at UCR noticed a helical shape of wrapping around its “fist” that protects it.In the mantis shrimp, the helicoid prevents cracks from growing and ultimately dissipates significant amounts of energy from strikes to avoid catastrophic failure. It achieves immense impact resistance without adding unnecessary weight. Kisailus and his team discovered manufacturing ultrastrong composite materials and components using this helicoid structure results in lighter, tougher, and more impact-resistant products.Helicoid Industries hopes to sublicense the technology to the sporting goods, wind turbine, aerospace, auto parts, defense, and industrial components industries. The impact in the sporting goods industry could be significant, where weight of equipment is an issue.UCR scientists are obtaining a $5 million loan to begin commercialization of their helicoid material. Nature’s composites have a significant advantage over man’s feeble attempts at imitation: they renew and rebuild themselves throughout the lifetime of the organism. They can also reduce all the programming instructions for building structures like nacre or the mantis shrimp’s club into digital code that can draw in molecules from the environment and build new ones (i.e., baby mantis shrimp).The tone of this entry isn’t intended to disparage scientists trying to achieve success in robotics, photosynthesis and materials; more power to them! Their incremental steps are impressive. It’s intended, rather, to show the superiority of nature’s designs. If our brightest-brained scientists can’t do what plants, shrimp and birds can do, who is to argue that those organisms just happened?And yet, that’s what the materialist consensus believes! Two of these three examples (out of many) are polluted with Darwinist mythoids, stated as fact-free BAD assertions. The Stanford team says they are “studying natural systems that have evolved over millions of years” – who are they kidding? The UCR team says, “Millions of years ago, the ‘smasher’ mantis shrimp, one of nature’s feistiest predators, evolved an internal structure to protect the hammer-like club it uses to pulverize prey with incredible speed and force.” Oh good grief.To their credit, the Australia team refrained from such silliness, both in the press release and PNAS paper. That goes to show that Darwin mythoids are superfluous to papers on biological designs. 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The Art of Translating Darwinese

first_img(Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Translating Darwinese primarily involves taking out the assumptions and assertions and seeing if anything is left.If, like the late Phillip Johnson argued, Darwinian evolution is naturalistic philosophy masquerading as science, then it follows that Darwinian ‘science’ is fake science. It may include some tangible objects, like fossils or genes, but it will be wrapped in rhetoric intended to promote naturalism. Consequently, a perceptive reader needs to learn how to translate Darwinese. The mystical language of Darwinese makes it seem as if observational data supports evolution, when it’s really the other way around; naturalism colors the data. A successful Darwinese translator is always focusing on the actual evidence. One must filter out the assumptions and assertions to see what the data are actually indicating. Here we teach by example.Before starting, one must vaccinate oneself against bluffing, intimidation and irrelevant details. A Darwinese article, for instance, is often dressed up with attractive photos, clean website designs, pictures of smiling Darwinists, and artwork supporting the evolutionary narrative. All of that must be ignored. It has nothing to do with the science. It is irrelevant. The Darwinese translator must keep a laser-sharp focus on the evidence.Stick to the EvidenceWas early stick insect evolution triggered by birds and mammals? (University of Göttingen). Most of the first paragraph of this press release simply states observable evidence. Then the writer inserts the word “phylogeny” — an evolutionary word to watch out for.Stick and leaf insects are a diverse and strikingly bizarre group of insects with a world-wide distribution, which are more common in tropical and subtropical areas. They are famous for their impressively large body size, compared to other insects, and their remarkable ability to camouflage themselves as twigs, leaves or bark in order to hide from potential predators. A team of international researchers led by the University of Göttingen has now generated the first phylogenomic tree of these insects.For animals below the rank of family, Michael Behe shows in his book Darwin Devolves, one can expect variability in genera and species. Many creationists accept this view as well. The stick insects belong to Phasmatodea, an order, the taxon above the level of family. So if the writer is trying to link all the families within Phasmatodea into a tree of common descent, the translator needs to be on guard. Does the evidence support it? The research team at University of Gottingen examined 2,000 genes for 38 species of globally-distributed stick insects. Watch what happened:The most surprising finding is that the relationships between the early emerging groups of stick and leaf insects largely disprove the earlier assumptions. In fact, the genealogy reflects more the geographic distribution than the anatomical similarity of the animals. The authors revealed a New World lineage of purely North and South American species and a group of Old World origin that comprises species from Africa to New Zealand.In short, there was no clear phylogenetic picture. The genes looked similar, but the animals did not. When new evolutionary stories disprove old evolutionary stories, probably both stories are wrong. Next, the team ramps up the perhapsimaybecouldness index to visualize moyboy ages:The age estimation of the phylogenetic tree suggests that most of the old lineages emerged after the dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago. Thus, the remarkable camouflage of stick and leaf insects most probably evolved afterwards as adaptation against predatory mammals and birds.We have an emergence-y. The team just leaped into fantasyland, saying these remarkable animals “emerged” somehow long, long ago. Do they have fossil evidence for this? No; stick insect fossils are rare. This is pure Darwinian speculation.To translate the article into science, the translator must filter out the Darwinese. The result should include the first paragraph up to the sentence about predators, and stop. It might mention the 2,000 genes of 38 species examined, and tabulate the similarities and differences, but leave it there. Science has no tolerance for “emergence” and speculations about what “might” have happened over millions of Darwin Years.Spitting for DarwinA secret in saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes (University of Buffalo). The proposition needing translation from Darwinese goes like this:Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary tree. The evidence is in our saliva, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.After putting this press release through the Darwinese translator, there won’t be much left but a bucket of warm spit. These Darwinians are trying to buffalo readers into thinking you can use divination on saliva from apes and humans and perceive a story of evolution, visualizing humans losing their hair and learning to cook.Human saliva is unique in that it is waterier and contains a different mix of proteins. The findings came as a big surprise to the researchers, since humans are known to be genetically close relatives of the great apes, chimpanzees and gorillas.The evolutionary story is lubricated with perhapses and maybes, ending with futureware: “The study’s findings provide a necessary basis for future studies to assess whether the differences in human salivary proteins were caused by natural selection.” In other words, they don’t even know that natural selection had anything to do with spit. It’s illogical to think it might have anyway; the Stuff Happens Law doesn’t ’cause’ anything.The only evidence that can be salvaged from this article involves design in our salivary glands and the complex proteins that help us digest our food. After translation from Darwinese into science, therefore, the article will be very short.Darwinizing DarwinismAn evolution in the understanding of evolution (University of Virginia Engineering). The heroine of this article thinks that evolution needs evolution itself, in order to be understood. Kristen Naegle spent a lot of time running divination studies on proteins to praise Darwin, but all for naught. After running her work through the Darwinese translator, there would be precious little left. She and her student Roman Sloutsky try to impress readers with their wizardry. Such divination is not for laymen, she says. In order to justify the exercise, she tries to convince the peasants that it could cure cancer.Reconstructing evolutionary branches is tricky, especially when many species share a similar type of protein that might have evolved to perform somewhat different functions. Mathematically, the problem quickly becomes very big, but discovering the implications of this protein evolution could lead to a better understanding of how our bodies deal with cancer and other diseases.First of all, she incorrectly thinks that proteins, those amazingly sophisticated and sequence-specific molecular machines, are products of evolution. That’s a show stopper right there. Second, it’s a pipe dream to think that Darwinism is going to help understand or cure cancer. A Darwinist believes that cancer is one of those things that just happens. Third, the work leaves nothing accomplished for Darwin worship. It’s all futureware.Naegle made one statement that could be a redeeming feature, and worth saving in the translated article. “Most models of protein evolution in use today are probably wrong,” she said.Including hers.With a little practice, you, too, could become a skilled Darwinese translator.last_img read more

PBA D-League: Che’Lu, Marinerong Pilipino post third win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director GALLERY: Michael Dasmariñas, Samuel Salva earn world title shots at ‘Rising Stars’ PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Rey Suerte came through in the clutch to lift Che’Lu Bar and Grill over McDavid, 109-99, in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSO Gym in Cubao.Suerte scored six of his team’s last eight points as the Revellers withstood a late fightback by McDavid.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The Skippers climbed to 3-2 in the Foundation Group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Suerte finished with 26 points as Che’Lu improved to 3-1 in the Aspirants Group.Chris Dumapig added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Robbie Manalang and Jessie Collado tallied 13 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the other game, Marinerong Pilipino bounced back with a 91-72 rout of Trinity University of Asia.Santi Santillan led the Skippers with 29 points, 13 of which came in the third quarter where Marinero pulled away. Santillan also grabbed 10 rebounds.last_img read more

First Nation politician voted to council in Timmins hopes to bring fresh

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsWhen Kristin Murray threw her hat in for the Timmins’ municipal election, she didn’t expect that she would win the campaign for a councillor position of ward 5.But last Monday that’s exactly what happened during election night.“As the polls were dropping, cuz you could see them there were thirteen polls total and initially I was always in the top two, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay there, so I was excited but didn’t wanna get my hopes up and then as the eighth poll dropped, I noticed I was in first place and then as the thirteenth one went in I was like ‘oh my gosh, I topped the polls,’” said Murray.Murray, who is originally from Chapleau Cree First Nation, said two separate incidents involving the Timmins police which resulted in the deaths of  Joey Knapaysweet and Agnes Sutherland made it clear that she had to run.She said she’ll remain true to her campaign promises.“I’m hoping to accomplish a more connected community, I think that there’s so much diversity within our city and that hasn’t been something we focus on really, an engaged community so that’s obviously my number one goal.”Cory Robin is a Cree contender in the same ward as Murray, he ran a close race, but fell two votes short.“We watched each poll come in and at first I was losing for a bit and then i was winning by about five votes as half of them came in and then that last poll came in and I was down by two points,” said Robin.Robin has asked for a recount, which will take place in the council chambers tomorrow., “we’re gonna be looking at the rejected ballots just to make sure they were properly rejected.”Murray will take over her new position in December.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

Karen Delancy former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:karen delancy, sipt trial, witness BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials.Delancy, who notoriously clashed with ex Premier, Michael Misick on policy decisions is the prosecution’s first witness.Karen Delancy is former MP for the Bight.LATE START BUT DELANCY replies give alleged, keen insight into how the PNP Administration was run under Michael Misick.Delancy gives her account of the chain of events which led to her expulsion from Cabinet, with particular focus on the Ministry of Health.Delancy admits to accusing her Chief Minister, in 2004, of nepotism in relation to a tense relationship with now Premier, then Department Head, Dr. Rufus Ewing.Ewing had threatened to quit, according to Karen Delancy. The witness testifies that she was accused of micro-managing and was reportedly told by then Minister Galmo Williams ‘if anyone had to go, it would be her.’By October 2004, Delancy was fired. Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendettalast_img read more

The Queens love for Meghan Markle fake Duchess being used as PR

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle may not have been the Queen’s favourite after all. Though the Queen is gracious and cordial to the Duchess of Sussex when they are in public, it seems that the Queen’s affection is all for the cameras.According to the claims of a documentary, the “grandmotherly love” the monarch showed could have been a PR exercise. Being part of the Royal Family comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, one of these disadvantages being that the members of the Royal Family are always under the scrutiny of the media. Meghan Markle has been a part of the Royal Family only for a little while, which makes her a novice in Royalty’s public relations.The Queen, on the other hand, is a veteran at handling and presenting a Royal image to the world. Now according to reports, the Queen and Meghan Markle have an amicable relationship where Meghan apparently refers to the monarch as “Mama” in private. However, according to the documentary “Harry and Meghan: the first 100 days”, the Queen’s warm behaviour could be a PR exercise by the Palace.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has been on the Queen’s radar for a while now, especially with reports of a Royal feud brewing between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The Queen tamped down any attempt by Meghan to separate herself from the Royal family and to carve out her own path.But it seems that the Queen could be making an effort with Meghan Markle as the Palace may not want a repeat of what happened with Princess Diana. Either way, it seems the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex have many opportunities to work on their relationship. Meghan Markle is expected to give birth this month and the couple Sussex will be moving to Frogmore cottage after the arrival of the baby.last_img read more

Tennessee State Opens Coding Hub For Black Schools

first_imgBy TRAVIS LOLLER Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University is opening a hub for computer programing and app development that will serve historically Black colleges and universities across the country.To kick off the effort, leaders from 14 schools met at TSU’s new National Center for Smart Technology Innovations in Nashville this week to develop apps that solve real-life challenges.In this Friday, July 19, 2019 photo, Ahmad Richardson participates in Tennessee State University’s coding and app development initiative, in Nashville, Tenn. The school aims to be a hub for coding and app development at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. (Aaron Ingram/Apple via AP)Morehouse College’s Monique Earl-Lewis called the experience “mind-blowing.” The Africana studies professor said she was doubtful she would be able to learn coding but now considers herself an app developer.Apple is supporting TSU with equipment, scholarships and professional development to help launch the initiative.TSU President Glenda Glover said in a news release that the program will equip people of color, especially TSU students.last_img read more